Hi! It's great to be here.
As a screenwriter, I've held my own in various competitions (see below). If anyone has questions about submitting to contests (Nicholl, Austin, Black List Feature Lab, et al.) please ask away. I've also served as a contest reader, contest judge for various programs.
Locally, I co-chair the San Antonio Screenwriters Guild (100% ZOOMy this year!). I'm happy to offer my thoughts to anyone wanting to start a writer group in their own neck of the woods.
What else? In 2017, The San Antonio Film Commission hired me to write ten short-shorts (2-pages each) for use in an ACTOR'S GYM workshop (out of LA). A big lesson I learned is that I can produce on deadline, and it was a great experience. Now I give myself deadlines.
I've also worked on local films in a variety of roles (location scout, script supervisor, AD, sandwich-bringer). I now know that on-set work is exciting, but my preferred playpen is the page between FADE IN and FADE OUT.
What do I WANT to do? I want to keep writing scripts -- Indie, prestige, adaptations, even popcorn genres. I love little known true stories, uplifting stories, and unlikely heroes (especially women). But I love any story about special or unexpected relationships, whether that means mentors, friends, rivals, family or lovers. External plot is critical, of course, but it's the friction or spark or even repulsion between characters that speaks to the heart. Bare-bones genre scripts can get away with just the thrills and spills and that's fun, but for the most part, it's finding the gut-punch humanity that feeds my writing.
On a personal note, I'm married with grown kids. Trivia about me:
-- worked at NSA for thirteen years
-- lived overseas for nine years (UK and Australia).
-- fostered a joey kangaroo named Alice.
I look forward to getting to know some folks.
Unique traits: I run an Ebay shop for vintage paper (photos, postcards, etc.), which gives me a good excuse to haunt junk shops.
MIRACLE ON MAIN STREET Romance An ambitious mayor's assistant promises to bring back the town's old Christmas Parade to boost the local economy, but when she discovers that the showpiece -- Santa's sleigh -- has been sold, she must enlist the help of a mysterious new rancher or disappoint the town -- and lose her job. Co-written with Terri Spaugh.
INDEPENDENT LIVING Drama ⋄ Comedy When a a concierge at a senior living complex bonds with an elderly resident genius, she's forced to challenge her fear of public speaking and speak up in her own life.
SONG OF THE DOLPHIN Family Hoping to learn about the mother he lost, a grieving young boy travels to his mom's hometown in Tahiti, where he meets a friendly dolphin linked to her past and follows clues that will fulfill a long-lost promise -- if he is ready to take the leap. Co-written with Richard Dane Scott.
JUMPER AND THE BONES Comedy ⋄ Drama When a young "special needs" janitor accidentally sparks a feud with a local gang, this gentle soul uses Huck Finn logic, comic disguises, and quirky tactics to save his friends. An adaptation from a novel of the same name.
BANNER HERO Drama ⋄ Historical When the stranding of his plane results in the loss of two men, acclaimed pilot Charles Kingsford Smith must fight accusations of a massive hoax. Based on true events of a 1920's Australian aviation scandal.
Must Be Meowy
Film (short) Assistant Director Two videographers of feline films tangle with an uncooperative cat and her crazy cat-lady owner.
Film (short) Co-Writer A tree that has seen too much bloodshed in its history takes a dark effect on all who come near.
Strong Female Lead
Film (short) Co-Writer A misogynist screenwriter is visited by his characters -- especially his pissed off female lead, who is tired of his BS.
Film Script Supervisor
Semi-finalist, Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices Contest
Quarter-finalist, Austin Film Festival
Selected, Black List/Women in Film Features Lab
Semi-finalist, Nicholl Fellowship
Semi-finalist, Austin Film Festival Screenplay Contest
Black List "Feature Script" (Black List Script-hosting Website)
Quarter-finalist, Blue Cat Screenplay Competition
Semi-finalist Fresh Voices Screenwriting Competition
Finalist, Austin Actors Conservatory Script to Screen Program